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Donations for Anna: Rs 70 lakh and counting

Donations have been pouring in from across the country to support social activist Anna Hazare`s anti-graft movement.



New Delhi: Donations have been pouring in from across the country to support social activist Anna Hazare`s anti-graft movement. India Against Corruption (IAC), the NGO spearheading it, has so far received more than Rs 70 lakh in cash donations and more is still coming in an activist said.

The donation collection desk at Ramlila ground since Aug 19 - the day Hazare moved there from Tihar Jail - has received cash donations of more than Rs. 70 lakh, Vikas Tyagi, a coordinator at the donation department, said.

"Many people are coming in and giving us donations. Till date we have received more than Rs 70 lakh and the counting is still on as people continue to donate today (Sunday)," he added.

The donation department maintains an account of money received and spent on daily basis.

"We use that amount in different areas such as purchasing food items, maintaining loudspeakers and other electric systems. We keep a record of all the money," he said.

IAC, headed by Arvind Kejriwal, receives cash donations from only Indian citizens or those who have an Indian passport.

According to the IAC website, those with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), or People of India Origin (PIO) or people with dual citizenship cannot make donations due to regulatory restrictions.

People can also send demand drafts and cheques payable at Delhi and a copy of the PAN card/valid government photo identity proof with the cheque or draft.

Donors can also make online payments.

"For online bank transfers, please send us an email with your postal address and a scanned copy of your PAN card (for Indian citizens)/Passport (for those residing abroad) on IAC email and we will dispatch you a receipt within a day or two of receiving the cheque," the website said.

IANS

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